AGFC hears fish­ing reg­u­la­tions pro­pos­als

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - SCOREBOARD - — Bryan Hen­dricks

The Arkansas Game and Fish Com­mis­sion heard pro­pos­als for 2018 fish­ing reg­u­la­tions, in­clud­ing a re­vised ver­sion of a regulation in­tended to limit the trans­porta­tion of wild-caught bait­fish within the state Thurs­day at its reg­u­lar meet­ing in Lit­tle Rock.

The com­mis­sion will vote on the reg­u­la­tions Aug. 17 in Lit­tle Rock.

The re­vised bait­fish pro­posal clar­i­fied sev­eral points of con­fu­sion among mem­bers of the pub­lic and within the com­mis­sion it­self.

The re­vised lan­guage will make it il­le­gal to to use any live bait­fish, in­clud­ing cray­fish, un­less it was caught within the same body of wa­ter it is be­ing used, or caught in a trib­u­tary en­ter­ing up­stream of the body of wa­ter where it is be­ing used. No bait­fish would be al­lowed to move up­stream past a dam or bar­rier that pro­hibits the nor­mal pas­sage of fish.

It will also be le­gal to use bait that was pur­chased from a li­censed dealer sell­ing only cer­ti­fied farm-raised bait­fish.

Other no­table pro­pos­als in­clude:

■ Mak­ing it un­law­ful to cull any species of trout on all wa­ters in the state.

■ Re­mov­ing the 13-inch min­i­mum length limit for spot­ted bass on Lake Oua­chita.

■ Im­ple­ment­ing an 18- to 21-inch pro­tected slot limit for large­mouth bass on Lower White Oak Lake. An­glers would be able to keep one large­mouth bass per day longer than 21 inches.

■ Re­mov­ing the 13- to 16-inch pro­tec­tive slot limit on large­mouth bass at Dierks Lake.

■ En­act­ing statewide creel lim­its for cat­fish and crap­pie on Lower White Oak Lake.

■ Re­mov­ing the daily creel limit for crap­pie on Lake Charles.

■ Open spe­cial com­mer­cial fish­ing sea­son on Lake Chicot to ad­dress sil­ver carp.

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